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    Residents have the opportunity to explore some of Croydon?s most iconic buildings for free ? as Open House London returns next month. More...
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    The lift at East Ham Leisure Centre is currently out of order due to a technical failure. Newham Council and activeNewham are working with contractors to resolve the issue.*?We apologise for the inconvenience caused by the breakdown of the lift, particularly to customers who are unable to access the gym and studios located on the first floor whilst the lift is out of order.* We are working as quickly as we can to get the lift back into operation and we are currently working to a timescale of 10 working days for repair from today (23 August 2019).* In the meantime East Ham Leisure Centre users are reminded they can use other activeNewham facilities at Newham Leisure Centre and Manor Park Fitness Centre.* Any customers with access needs are advised to contact activeNewham before making a journey to the alternative facilities to make sure there requirements can be met.* activeNewham can be contacted on 0300 124 0123.? More...
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    It's Afghan Independence Day and 100 years since the country gained independence from Britain. Cllr Peymana Assad with the Mayor of Harrow and Leader Cllr Graham Henson led the flag raising ceremony. More...
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    Yesterday, 12:00
    Richmond Council has congratulated local schools following the publication of this year?s GCSE results ? with excellent outcomes maintained or improved upon in most schools. More...
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    Yesterday, 12:00
    Work is now complete on a brand-new £2.1m all-weather sports pitch in Battersea?s Falcon Park, with extensive landscaping work to the park also due to start shortly. More...
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    Hackney Council is trialling a glyphosate-free area to promote biodiversity, increase green infrastructure, and see if abandoning the use of the herbicide means it can continue high standards of street maintenance. The trial, which encompasses streets, estates and green spaces in the Daubeney area of Homerton, began earlier in the summer. It is hoped that the trial will demonstrate the effect of allowing these areas to grow naturally, so that decisions can be made about the future use of herbicides and other methods of removing weeds. The trial comes in addition to a number of measures the Council is carrying out to minimise glyphosate use, which have so far seen the amount used on its streets reduced by 50% since May 2018. These measures include: removing weeds in town centres by hand instead of chemically, stopping glyphosate spraying in more than 100km of high streets; reducing the number of sprays per season from four to three; and changing the way it’s applied - it’s now sprayed by operatives with knapsacks, rather than from vehicles. The trial encompasses 20 streets and four estates managed by Hackney Council in the Daubeney area, and Daubeney Fields park. More...
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    Yesterday, 12:00
    On Thursday 22nd August, young people in schools across the borough celebrated their GCSE success, with more pupils achieving a pass at grade 4 or above, in both English and maths, than last year. More...
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    Yesterday, 12:00
    Brixton Recreation Centre?s updated sauna and steam rooms have reopened for men, women and mixed sessions.* Residents can enjoy health benefits like improved circulation, ease muscle and rheumatic pain, strengthen the immune system, improve joint movement and release tension. More...
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    Camden secondary school students were celebrating yesterday (Thursday) after achieving an impressive set of GCSE results, which put them well above the national average. Provisional GCSE results show the percentage of Camden students achieving a ‘standard pass’ in English and maths (grade 4 and above in both) in 2019 is 68%, an increase of two percentage points from the borough’s 2018 result (66%) - and well above the 2018 national result (64%). The percentage of Camden students achieving a ‘strong pass’ in English and maths (grade 5 and above in both) in 2019 is 47%, which is the same as in 2018 and well above the 2018 national result (43%). Students are now awarded GCSE grades of 1 to 9, with 9 being the highest, after the government reformed the grading system over the last two years. One of the highest-performing Camden secondary schools was Parliament Hill, which along with neighbouring William Ellis School and LaSWAP Sixth Form, is benefiting from £30 million of new and refurbished facilities through the Council’s Community Investment Programme (see below). Sarah Creasey, headteacher of Parliament Hill School, said: “We are incredibly proud of all the Year 11 girls who received their GCSE results today. Performance at Parliament Hill has been extremely impressive, with 41% of grades at 9 to 7 (the new A* / A grades). With students taking new demanding GCSEs across all subjects, this is a phenomenal achievement. It’s also really exciting that our students will be returning to new and refurbished facilities next term.” Among the students celebrating at Parliament Hill on Thursday (22 August) was Asma Maloumi, who is also Camden’s Deputy Youth MP and a leading member of Camden Youth Council. Asma was overjoyed to get seven of the top grade 9s in her GCSEs, as well as three grade 8s. She's staying on at Parliament Hill and the school’s linked sixth form, LaSWAP, to study English literature, history and French A-levels. Asma said: “The last year has been so busy. A lot of times I thought ‘I can’t study and be on the Youth Council’. That’s what I’m really proud of - that I put in the work and was able to do well and do both. I’m celebrating with a nice dinner with family and some stress-free time.” Her fellow Parliament Hill GCSE student Sasha Lewis achieved an incredible nine GCSEs at grade 9 and one grade 8. Sasha said: “I’m so happy - I want to be a doctor and I’m studying biology, chemistry, maths and Spanish for A-level. I’m celebrating at Reading festival this weekend." At William Ellis School, GCSE student Oliver Paul was delighted to get three grade 8s, including an 8 in his music GCSE, three 7s, three 6s and one 5. He’s heading off to the Reading Festival to celebrate. Oliver is a violin player and said he has been playing since he was aged five or six. On the funding of new music rooms at William Ellis by the Community Investment Programme (see below), Oliver said: “We had the new music rooms through the whole GCSE year and they were really great. They have proper rehearsal spaces, which really helped and they’re big enough for even a full band.” Meanwhile, Haverstock School’s students were celebrating a strong set of GCSE results. Ahmednour Abdi was one of Haverstock's top performers. He achieved two 9s, two 8s, two 7s and a 6, which included much better science results than he expected. Ahmednour said he was now rethinking what A-levels he will take after getting a 9 and 8 in his combined double science GCSE. Among the other high-achievers at Haverstock School was Abigail Silva-Matthews, who got two 9s in her English language and literature GCSEs, two 8s, two 7s and a 6, as well as distinctions in performing arts and music BTECs. Haverstock GCSE student Aimee Louisa Clapham plans to follow her uncle into a career as a police officer with the Met Police - she got an 8 in English literature, 7 in sociology, 6s in English language and citizenship and a distinction in her performing arts BTEC. James Hadley, headteacher at Haverstock School, said: “GCSEs are harder than they have ever been but Haverstock students and their teachers have worked incredibly hard. We are very proud of them.” At Regent High School, the school’s top performing student was Diana Vorona, who achieved a brilliant four grade 9s in English language, geography, history and Russian, three grade 8s, three grade 7s, and one grade 6. Camden School for Girls students achieved outstanding results in their GCSEs this year, with 90% achieving grades 9 to 4 (standard pass) in both English and maths and 75% achieving grades 9 to 5 (strong pass) in both English and maths. Elizabeth Kitcatt, headteacher of Camden School for Girls, said: “I am delighted with these outstanding results. They are well-deserved by an extremely hard-working set of students, and they were exceptionally well-supported by the excellent teaching staff. I am especially pleased to see a total of 126 grade 9s achieved by our students - the very highest grade in the new specifications.” Background notes: Students and staff at Parliament Hill School are looking forward to moving into brand new facilities next term, including the new Kite Building, which is part of a £30 million investment by our Community Investment Programme - the Council’s plan to build council homes, schools and community facilities through the sale of new homes and underused assets William Ellis School and the LaSWAP Sixth Form consortium, which comprises Parliament Hill, William Ellis, Acland Burghley and La Sainte Union secondary schools, have also benefited from this £30 million CIP investment on the Parliament Hill, William Ellis and LaSWAP sites See more photos from Camden secondary schools GCSEs 2019 More...
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    Yesterday, 12:00
    On 27 August sheep will return to Hampstead Heath to graze for the first time since the 1950s as part of a week-long trial. If the pilot is successful, the City Corporation says animal grazing could be expanded to other areas of the Heath. Grazing is known to play a major role in boosting species-rich wildlife habitats and reducing the use of machinery. Unlike mowing, grazing produces a mosaic of vegetation heights and types, improving ecological sites for species including amphibians, small mammals, invertebrates and wildflowers. The pilot will be managed by the City of London Corporation in partnership with the Heath & Hampstead Society, Heath Hands, Historic England, Mudchute Park & Farm and Rare Breeds Survival Trust. The flock of five sheep, provided by Mudchute Park & Farm, are made up of Oxford Down and Norfolk Horn. They will graze at The Tumulus on the Heath, an ancient Roman monument managed by Historic England. Volunteers from the Heath & Hampstead Society and Heath Hands will support the project by helping to monitor the sheep and engaging with visitors who want to know more about the pilot. Hampstead Heath is one of London's most popular open spaces, situated just six kilometres from Trafalgar Square. It receives over nine million visits a year. The City of London Corporation, which is a major green spaces provider in the capital, has been the custodian of the site since 1989. Fencing has been installed at The Tumulus to protect the sheep who will be kept securely at the Heath’s nearby Kenwood Yard overnight. Karina Dostalova, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Hampstead Heath Management Committee, said: “The Heath has a long history of sheep grazing with farmers taking their flock to the site before taking them to market in the City. “Grazing could play a key role in creating new rich and diverse habitats for the wildlife found on the Heath. “Reintroduction of grazing has been an aspiration for many years, and we are glad to be working with our partners on this exciting opportunity.” John Beyer, Vice- Chair of the Heath & Hampstead Society, said: "This idea came up at a Heath and Hampstead Society lecture given by painter Lindy Guinness, who showed paintings by John Constable of cattle grazing on the Heath. “This romantic vision happily coincided with the aim of Heath staff to experiment with grazing rather than tractors to manage the landscape. “We are delighted to work with the City Corporation to find more sustainable ways of preserving the Heath". Hampstead Heath is a registered charity, receiving over £5m of funding from the City Corporation every year, along with revenue generated though services, various grants and donations. The City Corporation protects and conserves 18 green spaces in London and south east England – including Epping Forest and Burnham Beeches - and over 200 smaller ones in the Square Mile. They are funded by over £29million a year from the City Corporation and including important wildlife habitats, sites of Special Scientific Interest and National Nature Reserves. They are protected from being built on by special legislation. ENDSNotes to Editors About the City of London Corporation The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk Media enquires Carl Locsin, Media Officer, City of London Corporation T 020 7332 3654 / M 07738 862 229 E carl.locsin@cityoflondon.gov.uk More...
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    22nd August 2019, 19:00
    Wandsworth is now half-way through this year?s programme of road improvements, with roads in Battersea, Balham, Tooting, Wandsworth and Earlsfield due to be resurfaced over the next few weeks. More...
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    22nd August 2019, 19:00
    This year?s Clean Air Day events successfully raised awareness of the measures individuals can take to reduce air pollution, and the council this week confirmed it will support the day again next year. More...
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    22nd August 2019, 19:00
    Residents are invited to come and watch the switching on of lights which will illuminate Putney Bridge at night. More...
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    22nd August 2019, 19:00
    Pupils and their teachers at schools across the borough were celebrating their GCSE results today. 72.8% of Merton pupils have achieved grades 9 ? 4 (9 being the highest and More...
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    22nd August 2019, 19:00
    Students at the City of London Academy (CoLA) Southwark were jumping for joy as they received their GCSE results today (22/08). Over 60% of pupils received grade 4+ in English and Maths (equivalent to A*-C grades), with over 80% achieving 4+ in English alone. The Lynton Road school places a learning focus on business, enterprise and sport, and is one of only 10 schools in England to be awarded Basketball Academy status by Basketball England. Michael Baxter, headteacher at City of London Academy Southwark, said: "I am delighted to see so many excellent achievements today. The results are a testament to the dedication of students, teachers and parents who have worked so hard to support each other at the school. “A huge congratulations to all." City of London Academy Southwark is part of the City of London Academies Trust, which runs the City of London Corporation’s sole sponsored academies. Andrew McMurtrie, Chair of the City of London Academies Trust, said: “Congratulations to all the students for achieving such impressive GCSE results. “We know that our pupils couldn’t achieve the grades that they have done without the support from staff and parents. “We wish each and every student good luck in the next stage of their lives.” The City of London Corporation sponsors or co-sponsors 10 academies across Hackney, Newham, Islington and Southwark. In 2017 and 2018, Sutton Trust named the City Corporation as the UK’s best academy sponsor for empowering pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to perform above the national average, and the leading academy sponsor for Progress 8 and Attainment 8, which track pupil progress and achievement. Notes to Editors About the City of London Corporation: The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk The City of London Corporation has a unique family of schools comprising one maintained primary school, 10 sponsored or co-sponsored academies in London boroughs, and three independent schools of which two are located within the Square Mile. The City of London Corporation sponsors, co-sponsors or governs the following schools: Co-sponsored academies O City of London Academy, Islington (co-sponsor City University) O The City Academy, Hackney (co-sponsor KPMG) City of London Academies Trust: O City of London Academy (Southwark) O Redriff Primary, City of London Academy O Galleywall Primary, City of London Academy O City of London Primary Academy Islington O City of London Academy Highgate Hill O City of London Academy Highbury Grove O City of London Academy Shoreditch Park O Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre City of London Academy Local Authority maintained school: O Sir John Cass’s Foundation Primary School Independent: O City of London School O City of London School for Girls O City of London Freemen’s School More...
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    22nd August 2019, 19:00
    Hard work and dedication has paid off for students at City of London Academy Islington (CoLAI) as they celebrate excellent GCSE results today (22/08). 64% of the Year 11 students at the Prebend Street school achieved English and Mathematics GCSE at Level 4 and above. One third of students achieved the highly regarded EBAC (English Baccalaureate) qualification, meaning that they achieved high grades in the most respected academic subjects. The academy, which opened in September 2008 and celebrated its 10 year anniversary this year, was recognised as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in April 2019. * Yalin Chen achieved eight grade 9s and 2 grade 8s * Jessica Kadiali achieved four grade 9s, two grade 8s and three grade 7s Clare Verga, Executive Principal, said: “I am delighted for our pupils and proud of what they have achieved this year. “These results, including our recent Ofsted inspection, reflect the hard work and determination of all students and staff.” In April this year Ofsted officers recognised the academy for being a school where “no child is left behind” and where “outcomes are outstanding and pupils’ progress is exceptional”. The City of London Academy Islington is co-sponsored by the City of London Corporation and City, University of London. Henry Colthurst, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Education Board, said: “Today’s results show that hard work and dedication pays off. This has been a fantastic year for all the students and staff at the school. “We wish each and every student all the very best in the next chapter of their lives, and we hope that the core values of CoLAI stays with each pupil for years to come.” Professor Sir Paul Curran, President of City, University of London, said: “This is another tremendous success. Congratulations to all the students, staff and supporters of the Academy. “These results are testament to their hard work combined with the strength of the relationships between the Academy’s governors, leadership team, the City Corporation and the university.” The City of London Corporation sponsors or co-sponsors 10 academies across Hackney, Newham, Islington and Southwark. In 2017 and 2018, Sutton Trust named the City Corporation as the UK’s best academy sponsor for empowering pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to perform above the national average, and the leading academy sponsor for Progress 8 and Attainment 8, which track pupil progress and achievement. Notes to Editors About the City of London Corporation: The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk The City of London Corporation sponsors, co-sponsors or governs the following schools: Co-sponsored academies O City of London Academy, Islington (co-sponsor City University) O The City Academy, Hackney (co-sponsor KPMG) City of London Academies Trust: O City of London Academy (Southwark) O Redriff Primary, City of London Academy O Galleywall Primary, City of London Academy O City of London Primary Academy Islington O City of London Academy Highgate Hill O City of London Academy Highbury Grove O City of London Academy Shoreditch Park O Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre City of London Academy Local Authority maintained school: O Sir John Cass’s Foundation Primary School Independent: O City of London School O City of London School for Girls O City of London Freemen’s School The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk More...
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    22nd August 2019, 19:00
    Pupils at City of London Academy Highbury Grove are celebrating their excellent GCSE results today (22/08). Almost 60% achieved both English and Mathematics GCSE at Grade 4 and above (equivalent to A*-C grades). The academy, previously Highbury Grove School, is a co-educational comprehensive secondary school for students aged 11 to 18 teaching both A-levels and BTEC courses. Ofsted praised the school for its “swift” and “effective” improvements to teaching and pupil behaviour in its first inspection after it joined the City of London Academies Trust. The school was previously subject to special measures under its former leadership. The City of London Academies Trust runs the City of London Corporation’s sole sponsored academies. Clare Verga, Executive Principal of Highbury Grove said: “These results are a testament to the hard work of students, staff and parents. “I am very proud of all those who have been involved in this achievement and who have helped bring success back to this school.” Andrew McMurtrie, Chair of the City of London Academies Trust, said: “This is a fantastic achievement. Congratulations to all the students for achieving excellent GCSE results. “We will always make sure that young Londoners of all backgrounds have access to the information, advice and experiences that help them to progress into fulfilling careers. “We wish each and every pupil all the best and hope that the our core values stay with them for many years to come.” The City of London Corporation sponsors or co-sponsors 10 academies across Hackney, Newham, Islington and Southwark. In 2017 and 2018, Sutton Trust named the City Corporation as the UK’s best academy sponsor for empowering pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to perform above the national average, and the leading academy sponsor for Progress 8 and Attainment 8, which track pupil progress and achievement. Notes to Editors About the City of London Corporation: The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk The City of London Corporation has a unique family of schools comprising one maintained primary school, 10 sponsored or co-sponsored academies in London boroughs, and three independent schools of which two are located within the Square Mile.The City of London Corporation sponsors, co-sponsors or governs the following schools: Co-sponsored academies O City of London Academy, Islington (co-sponsor City University) O The City Academy, Hackney (co-sponsor KPMG) City of London Academies Trust: O City of London Academy (Southwark) O Redriff Primary, City of London Academy O Galleywall Primary, City of London Academy O City of London Primary Academy Islington O City of London Academy Highgate Hill O City of London Academy Highbury Grove O City of London Academy Shoreditch Park O Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre City of London Academy Local Authority maintained school: O Sir John Cass’s Foundation Primary School Independent: O City of London School O City of London School for Girls O City of London Freemen’s School More...
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    22nd August 2019, 19:00
    Pupils at The City Academy Hackney are celebrating their GCSE results today (22/08). 77% of the students at the Homerton Row school passed English GCSE and 71% passed maths. 23 students achieved at least one grade 9 and one student had a remarkable achievement of all eleven GCSEs at grade 9. The City Academy Hackney is celebrating its 10th anniversary as a coeducational secondary school and sixth form. Since then the school has received two ‘Outstanding’ grades from Ofsted. The City Academy Hackney is co-sponsored by the City of London Corporation and KPMG. Mark Malcolm, Principal of The City Academy, Hackney, said: “I am proud of what our students have achieved this year many of whom have had to overcome significant challenges to get their grades “Their hard work and dedication has paid off and we wish each and every one of them the very best of luck for the future.” Henry Colthurst, Chairman of the Education Board at City of London Corporation, said: “Congratulations to all the students for achieving excellent GCSE results. “We are very proud of how hard our students have worked and these results are a testament to the dedication of teachers and parents at the school. “The City of London Corporation is committed to providing access to world-class education and learning opportunities. Good luck to each student for the next chapter in their lives.” Dawn Elliott, Head of Partnership Tax at KPMG and Chair of Governors at The City Academy, Hackney, said: “Our congratulations to the students and staff at The City Academy. It is great to see all their hard work pay off. “We wish all of the students the very best in all their future endeavours.” The City of London Corporation sponsors or co-sponsors 10 academies across Hackney, Newham, Islington and Southwark. In 2017 and 2018, Sutton Trust named the City Corporation as the UK’s best academy sponsor for empowering pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to perform above the national average, and the leading academy sponsor for Progress 8 and Attainment 8, which track pupil progress and achievement. Notes to Editors About the City of London Corporation: The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk The City of London Corporation sponsors, co-sponsors or governs the following schools: Co-sponsored academies O City of London Academy, Islington (co-sponsor City University) O The City Academy, Hackney (co-sponsor KPMG) City of London Academies Trust: O City of London Academy (Southwark) O Redriff Primary, City of London Academy O Galleywall Primary, City of London Academy O City of London Primary Academy Islington O City of London Academy Highgate Hill O City of London Academy Highbury Grove O City of London Academy Shoreditch Park O Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre City of London Academy Local Authority maintained school: O Sir John Cass’s Foundation Primary School Independent: O City of London School O City of London School for Girls O City of London Freemen’s School More...
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    22nd August 2019, 19:00
    The hard work of pupils at City of London Academy Highgate Hill paid off today (22/08) as students gained a 99% pass rate in their GCSE results. 58% of pupils at the academy received Grade 4+ in English and maths (equivalent to A*- C Grades) This year 10% more students achieved grades 5 and above compared to last year. Since the school became an academy sponsored by the City of London Corporation, the number of students achieving a 'strong pass' has increased by nearly 20%. The school opened as a mixed, all-ability, non-denominational academy in September 2017, inheriting students in years 8 to 11 from what was previously, Mount Carmel Catholic College for Girls. The school was adopted into the City of London Academies Trust, which runs the City of London Corporation’s sole sponsored academies, in 2018. Prince Gennuh, Principal of City of London Academy Highgate Hill, said: “We have strong values and high expectations of our pupils. “Students have worked exceptionally hard with our dedicated staff this year, and it is rewarding to see that their determination has paid off. “We want to develop highly qualified and skilled young adults who achieve to the best of their ability and go onto support their local and global community. “Congratulations and to all students and we wish them the very best of luck in the next chapter of their lives.” Andrew McMurtrie, Chair of the City of London Academies Trust, said: “Congratulations to all the students for achieving their GCSE results. “Together we are committed to providing access to world-class education and learning opportunities. “I hope the students will be able to make the most of the experience that they have had during their time at the school, and use it in the career path of their choice.” Case studies Klaudia Mitigate English Literature - 7 English Language - 5 Maths - 8 Biology - 8 Physics - 8 Chemistry - 9 Religious Studies - 8 Art -7 Drama - 6 Polish – 9 Klaudia was a casual transfer and joined us in Year 8. Klaudia was born in Poland and when she joined us her spoken English was quite limited. But she had a wonderful eagerness to learn. As a result of her tenacity her language quickly developed.She made friends easily and soon became a valued member of the school community. Her efforts were rewarded when she was elected as a student prefect in Year 10.Klaudia was also awarded as the 2018 MiSST Musician of the Year and was presented with her award and a new violin by Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber. Yanet Alemu Subjects: English Literature - 6 English Language - 8 Maths - 8 Biology - 8 Physics- 8 Chemistry - 9 Religious Studies - 9 Geography - 9 French – 7 Yanet has spent the entirety of her secondary education with us. Her dedication to her academic studies has been unwavering and she has aimed for excellence since the very beginning.Her contributions to academy life have set a great example to our younger student body. In recognition of this Yanet was elected as a student prefect in Year 10. The City of London Corporation sponsors or co-sponsors 10 academies across Hackney, Newham, Islington and Southwark. In 2017 and 2018, Sutton Trust named the City Corporation as the UK’s best academy sponsor for empowering pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to perform above the national average, and the leading academy sponsor for Progress 8 and Attainment 8, which track pupil progress and achievement. Notes to Editors About the City of London Corporation: The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk The City of London Corporation has a unique family of schools comprising one maintained primary school, 10 sponsored or co-sponsored academies in London boroughs, and three independent schools of which two are located within the Square Mile. The City of London Corporation sponsors, co-sponsors or governs the following schools: Co-sponsored academies O City of London Academy, Islington (co-sponsor City University) O The City Academy, Hackney (co-sponsor KPMG) City of London Academies Trust: O City of London Academy (Southwark) O Redriff Primary, City of London Academy O Galleywall Primary, City of London Academy O City of London Primary Academy Islington O City of London Academy Highgate Hill O City of London Academy Highbury Grove O City of London Academy Shoreditch Park O Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre City of London Academy Local Authority maintained school: O Sir John Cass’s Foundation Primary School Independent: O City of London School O City of London School for Girls O City of London Freemen’s School More...
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    22nd August 2019, 19:00
    Lambeth Council has offered its congratulations to the borough?s teenagers as they were picking up their GCSE results today.*And the council also pledged to support all of its pupils as they ponder their next steps into education, training or apprenticeships. More...
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    22nd August 2019, 19:00
    Residents gave up their time to create a report on improving communal repairs in the council?s housing stock.*Lambeth pledges to act on all their recommendations. More...
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    22nd August 2019, 19:00
    Students across the borough were joined by Mayor of Hackney Phillip Glanville this morning, as they collected their GCSE results. Mayor Glanville visited students at Cardinal Pole Catholic School, City Academy, Mossbourne Community Academy and Mossbourne Victoria Park Academy, where students were celebrating incredible results and looking forward to their next steps. Cardinal Pole School student, Chyna Gray, was thrilled with her three 9s and six 8s. She now plans to study A-levels in History, English Literature, Philosophy & Ethics and Psychology at Mossbourne Community Academy Sixth Form. She said: “I feel fantastic! I literally started crying when I saw my results. I’m really pleased with myself - all of my hard work has finally paid off!” Chyna’s friend and fellow student, Alec Lau, was also celebrating incredible results, achieving eight 9s and 2 8s. He now plans to study Maths, Further Maths, History and Economics at A-level. He said: “I’m so surprised with my results and so happy! It’s great that my work has paid off, and now I can look towards the future. My main goal is to attend Oxford University to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and the A-levels that I’ve chosen will give me the opportunity to follow that path.” Great successes have been seen across the borough today. The overall Year 11 results are up from last year, with Hackney again likely to exceed national results by 5%. Both students and staff at Cardinal Pole School were celebrating their best ever results in English and Maths since the new grading system was implemented, with 84% of English students and 69% of Maths students receiving a 4 or higher. Cardinal Pole School student, Jessica Ugori, was delighted with her three 9s, five 8s, one 6 and one 5, and is now looking forward to studying A-levels in Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Maths at the school’s Sixth Form. She said: “I’m feeling very surprised at the moment, as I did a lot better than I expected to do! I hope to study Chemistry at university in the future, so I’m really happy with my 9 in Chemistry!” Spirits were also high at City Academy, where both teachers and students were celebrating excellent achievements, and students were sharing their future plans with the Mayor. City Academy student, Julia Sinchukovska, achieved an incredible three 9s, four 8s and a 6. She said: “I’m shocked - I really didn’t expect to do so well. I’m really happy with myself, and my hard work has paid off. I hope to pursue a career in banking and finance in the future, so I will be taking A-levels here in Maths, Economics and Politics.” Incredible achievements were seen across the borough. Our Lady’s High School student, Melisa Kelaj, achieved nine 8 to 9 grades, and will go on to study Chemistry, Biology and Physics and History at A-level, with hopes to one day become a scientist. Urswick School student, Domingas Mendes Nandja Uare, who arrived in the UK without being able to speak English, achieved ten 5 to 9 grades. She said: “Urswick has been an amazing journey for me, I learned to speak English as my fourth language and I have grown so much, most importantly I have learned to ‘Believe and Achieve’.” More...
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    22nd August 2019, 19:00
    Local residents were dancing in the street, as Downs Park Road in Clapton came alive with festivities at this year’s Windrush Generation Street Party, organised by Uprising Community Club and Hackney Council. From a bouncy castle, free haircuts and a barbeque, to a live steel band, folk dancing and a puppet show, the intergenerational event featured activities and entertainment for both Windrush elders and descendents of the Windrush generation, bringing together the local community together. The event, which took place on 10 August, was attended by the Speaker of Hackney, Cllr Kam Adams and Former President of the Nurses Association of Jamaica, Paulette Lewis MBE. Hermine Anderson, 80, enjoys coming to the party every year. She said: "I like that it’s getting the community together and sharing the togetherness. There's a warm atmosphere, it's very nice and it gets the people together. I look forward to it every year. We do dancing, we do games, and there's a great variety of food." The party’s attendees enjoyed tucking into a delicious spread of traditional Caribbean food, including **** chicken, Jamaican ginger beer, roasted corn, fried fish and dumplings, as well as veggie burgers, seafood sandwiches, chicken sausages and cakes. Collin Waallac, 58, said: “It’s a very good way to bring the community together. Everything is good - the food, the music, I like everything. I've come with my wife, and we look forward to coming to it every year.” Guests were treated to vibrant performances from the Whittington Steel Band, and the Uprising Community Club group, who put their own spin on Caribbean classic “Day-O”, which had the Windrush elders up on their feet. The younger crowd enjoyed watching a puppet show performed by other local children, playing hopscotch, and having fun on the indoor bouncy castle. Leslie Jones, 85, said: “I've been to a few of these street parties, and they’re a really good communal thing. This one has good food, and nice West Indian music, so it's very traditional.” More...
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    22nd August 2019, 19:00
    ?It was a day for nerves, tears and cheers as pupils across Newham received their GCSE results this morning.?For some the scores on the results forms will be life changing. For all they are a testament to five years of hard work, commitment and overcoming life challenges. As pupils at Eastlea Community School in Canning Town, and Cumberland School in Plaistow, arrived to collect their results they were met by Councillor Julianne Marriott, cabinet member for education, and Councillor Jane Lofthouse, deputy cabinet member for education. Councillor Marriott said: ?Today I shared the stories of pupils who are going onto Eton, going to the Brit School, and many who will go onto sixth forms across borough. I spoke to young man who scored straight 9s, a young woman who achieved amazing results despite missing huge chucks of school due to depression, and watched a young woman proudly share her results with her dedicated mentor. ?It was inspiring to share this morning with our fantastic young people as they start the next chapter of their lives.? With the new GCSE exams now 100 percent determined by a single exam even the most gifted pupils cannot be sure about their results until the dreaded envelope is opened. At Cumberland School, Plaistow for Maheraj Ahmed the stakes were high, with the right results sending him on a scholarship to the world famous Eton, and a life away from home at boarding school. He said: ?I don?t know why but all summer I thought I?d failed, I worried I hadn?t put my name on the paper! It was shocking.? But he needn?t have worried with Maheraj aced his exams and a place at Eton awaits where he will continue his dream working towards becoming a cardio-thoracic surgeon. It is a very specific goal but one with a very special reason behind it. ?My family has a history of heart conditions and they are scared and I?m scared for them so if I can understand what is going on, that fear is gone.? For Luke Edwards, who attends Eastlea School in Canning Town, the physical challenge of sitting an exam adds to the stress. Luke has cerebral palsy affecting both his legs and arms which meant in his exams he had to rely on dictating his answers for someone else to write down. But despite this, he achieved fantastic results, and surprised himself: ?Oh my God I?m so happy, I thought I was going to fail everything and I haven?t. I?ve done well enough to get into my college so I?m really happy? Luke will now fulfil his dream of studying music at college in Havering, on the way to his ultimate ambition of becoming a music producer. Fellow Eastlea pupil, Lakai Baptiste also faced huge personal challenges, a battle with depression led to her missing a great deal of schooling, but ultimately a diagnosis of autism helped her and her teachers come to understand the best way to help her achieve her goals. She said: ?I got a lot of help through therapy and support in school, and the diagnosis of autism allowed me to be recognised as having certain issues that needed to be accommodated, I think that?s a big reason that I did so well. ?I hope to go into law in the future and I?m going on to do a BTEC in Law, with A Levels in Politics and History because they are the things I am passionate about. I hope that somehow I can make a positive influence for people like me who face struggles at school and in their professional lives.?Mohamed Ahmed Khan was another very happy Eastlea boy, having swept the board achieving a perfect score of ten 9?s. But like many of his peers Mohamed didn?t expect to do as well as he did. ?I was just speechless. I didn?t know how to feel because I have been so scared but also so excited. I am now going to the London Academy of Excellence in Stratford* to study Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry.? If that was not enough to be getting on with, Mohamed is also a successful businessman, working in his spare time as a freelance web designer and developer, for clients around the world including Norway and Canada. So what advice would this brilliant young entrepreneur give to next year?s GCSE pupils?* ?You have to be really committed, I started working all the way back in the summer of year 10 and I just knew I had to do my best because you only get one chance. My advice would be stay committed and work on understanding your subject and be really thorough.? More...
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    22nd August 2019, 19:00
    A community group from Crystal Palace has been chosen to develop its own affordable homes after winning a council-run competition. More...
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    22nd August 2019, 19:00
    More young people in Croydon have achieved top grades in English and Maths at GCSE this year, provisional results show. More...
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    22nd August 2019, 19:00
    Escalating drug abuse and heavy drinking led Camberwell Magistrates to issue a closure order on a Thornton Heath flat on Monday 19 August. More...
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    21st August 2019, 16:34
    KentonSuperstore Limited has landed a ?1,500 fine, plus costs, for stocking illegalcigarettes. The penalty follows enforcement action by Brent & HarrowTrading Standards, with the help of a specially-trained sniffer dog whouncovered illicit tobacco hiding behind juice packs in a backroom of the shop,on Kenton Road in Harrow. An operation,in partnership with HMRC, discovered over 22kg of illicit chewing tobacco andover 700 illegal cigarettes packets. The tobacco products did not carry thestandard packaging or display the health warnings required by law. The companypleaded guilty to possessing the illegal tobacco products on 6 August 2019 atWillesden Magistrates. Kenton Superstore Limited was fined ?500 for eachoffence, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of ?50, as well as costs of ?1,536. Cllr TomMiller, Lead Member for Community Safety, said: "Health warnings are there for areason and illegal tobacco puts people at even greater risk, as well as hurtinghardworking, legitimate traders. I hope this makes other businesses sit up andthink before putting profits before their customer's safety." Alison Chipperton, Assistant Director,HMRC's Fraud Investigation Service, said: "HMRC works closely with other enforcement agencies tocrack down on illicit tobacco in the UK. Partnership working with TradingStandards is vital in order to share intelligence and collaborate on jointexercises such as this and target those areas with the highest levels ofillicit tobacco activity." Thisprosecution comes at the end of the month-long London Illegal Tobacco Campaignwhich Brent & Harrow Trading Standards participated in. The campaign soughtto raise awareness of the harm caused by illegal tobacco and encouraged membersof the public to report anyone selling it. If you knowof a business selling illegal tobacco, please report them to Trading Standardsvia Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06. More...
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    21st August 2019, 16:34
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    21st August 2019, 16:34
    Lambeth council?s deputy leader Councillor Claire Holland has written to the Home Secretary to express the council?s concern about recent government announcements that would see freedom of movement ending on 31st October for EU nationals. More...
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